St. Jude Medical Pacemakers & ICDs

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Posted by Lath on 2016-05-02 00:19. 5 comments. 135 reads
 
Hi Guys,

New member here, just looking for others experiences with their PM. I'm 30yo male, had a pacemaker put in about six months ago. Since then I've noticed more and more "symptoms" and was wondering how common they are in others with a PM. I started feeling a flicking feeling in my throat and thought i was being paranoid but its getting worse. I've started getting chest pain along with it. Is this normal? I went back to the specialist and he gave me a home monitor, he didn't really say much else about it. The other thing since seeing the specialist, is that I wake up on my back during the night and my heart is beating rapidly and beating quite hard as soon as I move onto my side it subsides. Does anybody else encounter s...


Posted by alliee33 on 2016-05-01 19:11. 3 comments. 69 reads
 
My mom has had a pacemaker for years and she just had to get the battery replaced on Thursday. All went well, but now the area surrounding the incision is red and the area below it is too.
We already called the on call doctor, who said we needed to head down for the ER to get antibiotics in her.

I was just wondering if they would keep her overnight? Or for much longer?
She's bummed she has to go down there, especially since it's her last day off and she was supposed to go back to work tomorrow. Also because this is the first time it's ever been infected.

Thanks in advance.

Posted by brownholtzj@gmail.com on 2016-05-01 14:48. 2 comments. 100 reads
 
Hello out there. would love some feedback.
almost three weeks ago my dad went in to get a pacemaker battery replaced. he is 78 and had beginning stages of dementia and alzheimers. he is still here in the hospital in miami and cannot walk, speak or open his eyes. Not sure why they did the procedure anyway at his age, did the battery really need to be replaced?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Posted by Marianyork on 2016-05-01 07:46. 0 comments. 33 reads
 
Hi everybody,
Had a PM St. Jude's dual lead inserted in 2013. Have had long term issues with shortness of breath, feeling faint, generally feeling like I can't drag my body around. Always tired and break into sweats on very little exertion.
Hospitalised for a angiogram, with nil result, also had CT scan in case it was a lung problem also nil result. They are now saying it could be my meds (Noten) build up.

Has anybody had these problems?

Posted by hawaiilad on 2016-04-28 22:39. 2 comments. 104 reads
 
I asked a couple weeks ago about dizzy spells but a couple days ago everything started going haywire, with dizzy spells that is. I am at 6 weeks of having a Medtronic A2DR01 inserted and as of a couple days ago I have a hard time walking around because everything is spinning in my head and eyes. I do have an appt. to see the Card. next week but thought I would ask if anyone has gone through this after having a PM installed. Hell, I'm not even sure it's caused from the PM. I spent a good week when our daughter and her family came to visit and on the last day they were here I could hardly stand up for very long. Just looking around I get dizzy. I am going to call my Med. Dr. as well today.

Posted by muchkoku on 2016-04-28 17:47. 1 comments. 81 reads
 
Greetings. New member here. I've had my PM going on 2 years now. One thing I've noticed recently is my left hand (the side with the PM) randomly gets a bluish tinge, fingernails included. It seemingly switches back and forth throughout the day. It's odd, because I work in an office thats constantly got the AC blowing full blast but having cold hands doesn't trigger it. There is no pain or swelling but it's still a bit disconcerting. It's most notable when I first awaken. Any thoughts before I start harrassing my cardiologist and arrhythmia docs? Thanks in advance.

Posted by Travistee on 2016-04-27 23:06. 1 comments. 86 reads
 
Dr. Wanted to use the old wires and did not replace them. The new pacemaker is one centimeter longer than the old one. The old pacemaker was below the incision. The new pacemaker goes about one centimeter above the incision. It sticks out too much and is very close to the collarbone. What should I do about it and do you think the doctor should change the wires and move it lower?

Posted by AMforEddie on 2016-04-23 15:47. 5 comments. 211 reads
 
One cardiologist recommends biotroniks, and another likes Boston. I am a caregiver for my very active 91 year old dad. He will be having the procedure in the next few days and nothing is decided yet, even where the surgery is going to happen. Any advice is welcome!

Posted by helen1973 on 2016-04-16 21:10. 4 comments. 205 reads
 
I am a 43 year old female with pm for third degree av block. I have had my pm for 5 weeks. I am currently a bit worried. I am currently on my monthly menstral cycle, and, I am wondering if that is part of the reason that I feel so tired and have a lack of energy? The doc says the pm is doing what it is supposed to, but this feeling of light headed and out ofnbreath is something new for me. Any ideas or feedback would be greatly appreciated, thanx

Posted by jsne on 2016-04-16 09:47. 3 comments. 209 reads
 
Well I bit the bullet and got a private consultation re' my on going problems with PM settings and Afib/flutter and PM tach. Not saying my first consultant was wrong but I felt dismissed by his last letter, basically I will feel better when I'm not so stressed!!!
Stress doesn't stop you pulling your wheelie bin up the drive or trying to push your mother in her wheelchair.
My upper setting is 110 to try and stop the PMT, and taking meds for the other stuff.
The new guy is going to have a look over my info and then we will have another chat, hopefully a fresh pair of eyes and a more specialised view will help.
It seems that my previous ablation is causing a lot of the problems with PMT due to an accessory pathway.
...


Posted by Edna39 on 2016-04-16 01:13. 2 comments. 223 reads
 
It's been about 5 days since I've had my pacemaker put in. I noticed tonight that my left boob has turned black and blue from blood but I'm not sure if this is normal?? Has anyone had this problem?

Posted by BrynaR on 2016-04-15 23:29. 4 comments. 236 reads
 
Can anyone explain oversensing to me? I am so confused....

My latest check showed that I had six atrial high rate episodes. The longest was only 10 seconds, and the highest rate was 380 A and 116 V. The tech said (and doc verified) that the strips from these events showed that I was being oversensed. They then raised my atrial lead sensitivity to .50 mV

However, previous to this, I was actually undersensing, and so they dropped my atrial lead sensitivity to .35 mV

My question is, does how in the world does oversensing cause such a high rate? I am assuming it wasn't really THAT high, but still pretty high. Also, if I am being undersensed at one value and oversensed in another, where the heck do we go from he...


Posted by swilkes3 on 2016-04-15 03:18. 1 comments. 160 reads
 
My husband had a pacemaker implanted in March this year. In the past 6 weeks he first got an infection that made him feel horrible. Next he got a large blood clot in his upper body. After that he went back to the ER with what turned out to be pericarditis with very terrible pain. No that is not all. This weekend back to the ER again and this time it was Afib and A flutter. Anybody else have all this? It has been very stressful and confusing.




Posted by coxy on 2016-04-14 19:05. 2 comments. 165 reads
 
Four weeks ago I was diagnosed with Bradycardia, and am now the proud owner of a Medtronic two wire Pacemaker.
All seems to be working ok, except I have had a metallic taste in my mouth ever since my PM was inplanted. I don't know if this is a coincidence or a result of my PM.
If anyone else has had a similar experience I would love to know.
Many thanks.

Posted by Franny on 2016-04-14 05:21. 3 comments. 192 reads
 
This may be the wrong site for me to be looking for answers but.... my mom just had a pace maker put in about 21/2 months ago ended up with every complication that can happen Anyways after being hm for only 10 days {since 3rd week in 12/16} she discovered puss coming out from around where the pace maker was placed.So now once again she's back in the hospital. My question is are multiple complications more common than not, on average?

Posted by lovemycbattery@gmail.com on 2016-04-14 00:10. 0 comments. 133 reads
 
Hello, On Feb 26 I had my pacemaker replaced. I was told everything was good, but three weeks later, I woke up with swelling around the site, with pain. I was seen by the doctor a few days later. The doctor stated "he was worried about an infection, since the leads were "Yellow and Crusty", but he thinks it is a hematoma. We waited two weeks, and no improvement, so he is now thinking it is infected or the pacemaker dropped down pushing on the bottom of the pocket.Today, I had a PET/CT scan and CT Chest Scan. I have never had a fever or red, hot area, just pain and swelling.
My questions:
1. Has anyone been told their leads were yellow and crusty?
2. Has anyone had an infection without a fever?
TIA

Posted by hmartin on 2016-04-13 22:47. 2 comments. 188 reads
 
Hi I had a pacemaker fitted last year after passing out 3 times.
I had I tilt table test that confirmed I needed a pace maker.
Ever since I had it fitted I still get the same feeling I got before I passed out sick hot flush sweaty and a little confused and a metal taste it lasts about 2 or 3 mins then I feel better.i am interested if any one else has similar symptoms

Posted by Bostonbionic on 2016-04-13 18:10. 2 comments. 183 reads
 
When laying flat in bed I can feel twitches which I've been told it's a nerve going to my diaphragm being triggered. It goes off after a while and doesn't happen it I'm propped up with 3 pillows which hurts my neck. During the night I take one away and all ok. My resting heart rate is 40 but my pm is set for 45 after an adjustment from 50. Has anyone else experiences this

Posted by DampDog on 2016-04-13 13:53. 5 comments. 187 reads
 
Not a complication as such, just a quick question.

I'm just 6 weeks post implant and right at the end of my incision it just looks like the end of a black stick is popping out, just enough to show and catch on my shirt. It's not red or inflamed it looks like it's healing well. I'm pretty sure my consultant said all the stitches would dissolve or their own accord over the course of a few weeks.

Anyone had any similar experiences?

Posted by natarajan on 2016-04-07 04:58. 3 comments. 200 reads
 
I am implanted with dual chamber PM for the past 7 years and prior to that single chamber for 10 years. On recent checking I was found to have had 37 episodes of fibrillation with ranging from 160 to 180. My setting is 60-120 Beats per min. Except on one ocassion I did'nt feel any discomfort. During that one episode I had blurring of vision for 4 full minutes, while I was returning after my usual evening walks. needless to say I was scared. My cardiologist prescribed ecosprin for a month. I stopped it now. Has anyone can experienced this kind, and explain what to do to prevent next occurance. Why this fibrillation takes place any remedy?



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